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marco rubio, who issued a statement that said, in part, president obama is again using his power by imposing his policies via executive fiat. mr. obama pleaded with americans to confront congress directly. >> ask them what's more important. doing whatever it takes to get a "a" grade from the gun lobby or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade. >> reporter: he even show cased children who have written him since newtown. >> she said, "i know that laws have to be passed by congress, but i beg you to try very hard." [ light laughter ] julie, i will try very hard. >> reporter: chuck todd, nbc news, the white house. >>> this is john yang in chicago where residents deal with gun violence virtually every day. last year, there were more than 510 murders, more than the number of u.s. troops killed in afghanistan. 86% of the homicides involved a gun. in one chicago interview, nothing president obama did would change that. >> i believe chicago already has very strict gun laws and we have, like, one of the highest crime rates in the country. so how is
at it when it happens. >> reporter: marco rubio dismissed the president's plan. guns are not the problem. criminals with evidence nil their heart is. what's in the plan? a ban on military style assault weapons, limits op high-capacity magazines, that might have reduced the number of victims in recent shootings, universal background checks that could have prevented the columbine high school gunman from purchasing from a private seller. >> this is our first task as a society. keeping our children safe. >> reporter: to reinforce that point, mr. obama shared the stage with four children who had written letters to him since newtown. >> on the letter that julie wrote me, she said i know that laws have to be passed by congress. but i beg you to try very hard. julie, i will try very hard. >> also greeting the president, 10-year-old teja goode. >> you don't want to lose your life over one little thing, luke a bullet. >> reporter: before signing nearly two dozen executive actions, the president called on americans to ask representatives what's more important? >> doing whatever it takes to get an "
some new young people here who can really add a lot. marco rubio is a perfect illustration. he's bright, he's smart. i think he can help bring republicans along and we have some good people in the democrats who can do the same thing. >> thanks for your insight, senator. always good to see you. >> nice to be with you. >> thank you. >> thanks. i'm noting that noted musical lover, orrin hatch. we'll go to the break. thank you, james taylor. our coverage will continue after this. we'll go right back to the white house, chuck todd. ♪ hungry for the best? it's eb. want to give your family the very best in taste, freshness, and nutrition? it's eb. want to give them more vitamins, omega 3s, and less saturated fat? it's eb. eggland's best eggs. eb's. the only eggs that make better taste and better nutrition... easy. eggland's best eggs. better taste. better nutrition. better eggs. it's eb. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat
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